Popular Post CanuckFan1123 Posted January 15 Popular Post Share Posted January 15 I’ve been watching the Canucks and rooting for the Canucks since I was a young boy growing up in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Despite living a short 25 minutes from an arena that hosted the likes of Gretzky, Robataille, Blake, McSorley, and so many other big names and great players, my passion for the Canucks has always been strong. I’ve always been an outcast wherever I’ve lived. I’ve never once known what it’s like to love my hometown team. But those who know me well know I love my Canucks and always have and always will. The Canucks have always been a crucial part of my life. Having been through some 30 years of Canucks hockey now as an adult living in 2023, I’ve seen Many ups and many downs. I’ve watched the team rebuild on multiple occasions and end up drafting incredible players like the Sedins, Pettersson, and Hughes, and of course my all time favorite and definitely most elite player, Jannik Hansen (jokes about the elite part but god I love that man). I’ve watched the team come close to holding up the Stanley Cup. I feel like I had been through it all except for one thing. I’ve never seen my team hoist the Stanley Cup. That’s what I thought was the only thing missing. Until this season. As a fan, I’ve had many disappointing times. But I’ve understood and accepted them all. The rebuilds are a part of hockey and it’s inevitable that it’s going to happen. Every team has a window to win. The down years are always tough but I always know it’s for the greater good of the organization. But this year is different. This year hurts. And in 30 years, I don’t remember anything like this. Going into this season, I knew our defense was a question mark. But I felt great about our offense and our goalie situation. Watching this team rebound last year after Boudreau was hired, I had a huge sense of optimism and excitement for this season. I felt strongly that at worst we were a wild card team but felt like we could do big things this year. The first real test of my excitement came in game one of the season when the Canucks blew a 3-0 lead in the 2nd and ended up losing. Ok, Rocky start but 81 games left. So much can happen. Game 2 got off to a glorious 2-0 lead and my optimism peaked. Until we found ourselves losing yet again. Suddenly we’re 7 games in and not a single win and I no longer feel so good. We start fighting back slowly and eventually get to a reasonable record through a little over 30 games. I think about 8-9 games ago, I really felt like maybe finally this team can get a good push and start fighting again. Well, as we know, after the loss to Florida today, we are now 1-7 in our last 8. I can say with all confidence that I no longer feel good about this season. While I love the potential of Bedard, I have never found myself a part of “team tank” this season. Even now, with under half a season to go, I still feel a small glimmer of hope for like a 15 game win streak. But I know it’s not realistic. Anyway, the point of this thread is that as a fan, I feel lost. I feel like I’m watching a team with no direction. I don’t feel good about management. I no longer feel good about our coach. Outside of a short list of players, I don’t really feel good about our roster even. Everyone seems to be lacking heart and enthusiasm both on the ice and in interviews. I just hate it. This is truly the first time in my life I can say this. During the rebuilds there was always a direction. During the fringe years, there was always hope and optimism. During the playoffs years, there has always been a reason to hope and cheer and have fun. Right now, I have trouble watching games. I find myself disinterested and unexcited. I’ve never felt this as a fan before. I love this team but the passion is dwindling. I don’t want another rebuild. I don’t want to watch this team start over. I want the team to find a solution. Right now, I feel that there has never been a lower time for this fan base and organization. Am I wrong? 3 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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